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Celexa Birth Defects

Generic: Citalopram
Approved to treat: Major depression
Drug category: Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs)
Year approved: 1998
Manufacturer: Forest Pharmaceuticals

Celexa can cause Birth DefectsBabies who are prenatally (before birth) exposed to Celexa have an increased risk of developing birth defects. According to studies, taking certain SSRIs during pregnancy can result in risks as high as the following:

Multiple Studies Find Link Between Anti-depressant Exposure and Birth Defects

Several studies have shown the connection between SSRIs such as Celexa and serious or even life-threatening birth defects. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has warned doctors and patients that prenatal Celexa exposure can pose an increased risk of congenital heart defects to the fetus.

The New England Journal of Medicine reported that SSRIs including Celexa presented an increased risk of PPHN. The FDA also warned about the links between SSRIs and PPHN.

The National Birth Defects Prevention Study of Infants reports that SSRIs such as Celexa are linked to two abdominal and one craniofacial birth defect.

A study conducted by researchers at Kaiser Permanente also showed a strong link between antidepressants such as Celexa and autism and other disorders such as spina bifida and Down Syndrome.

While the risk varies for each defect, one thing is clear: women should be warned of these dangerous and potentially fatal side effects before becoming pregnant. Unfortunately, the manufacturers of SSRI anti-depressants are not currently required to warn users of these increased risks and, as a terrible result, babies continue to be harmed.

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